Review – Ecko Rising

Danie Ware’s debut novel Ecko Rising is the tale of the cybernetically enhanced assassin Ecko, who joins a resistance group fighting against a world where people are medicated into servitude. While on reconnaissance to track down the pharmacist responsible for the drug, Dr Grey, Ecko barely survives the mission and finds himself in a virtual world. Whether created by his own unstable mind, the resistance group’s psychiatrist Eliza, or his adversary Dr Grey, Ecko has to play the game, save the world and at the same time, save himself.

Danie writes a rich world filled with large archetypal characters such a the healer, the prophet, the warrior, the thief and of course the evil alchemist. All the while making each one worth caring about – apart from the bad guy, you really want the anti-hero Ecko to kick his ass. Both worlds are blissfully unaware of the threat is it under, suffering the same sort of apathy as Ecko’s London; where chemists/alchemists plot to rule the world, with only a small group of people fighting against the evil. There’s quite a lot of violence and a smattering of sex, and yet it never feel gratuitous. It always fits the plot rather than having it for the sake of it. Danie writes in such a way as you can clearly visualise the worlds she is describing. You can feel the the rake of a monster’s claw; the knife or sword blade; the heat of sex and fire; and the pain of loss, either life or limb. There are also quite a few unexpected twists; scenes that are brilliantly set up, only to meet swift and cruel ends.

Ecko himself, to say he’s the most interesting character in the book does him little justice. He’s cynical, a cruel wit, rebellious, selfish and uncaring. The first half of Ecko Rising I found myself not liking him, yet funny; a pain and yet siding with him. As the book, and the program he’s stuck in plays itself out, Ecko begins to see that he can care for those around him, even the fantasy characters of Varchinde. I found him more and more likeable, even as he keeps up bad behaviour to those around him. An anti-hero, Ecko slowly becomes a champion.

What I founds truly brilliant was that the reader plays the role of Ecko, just as the author plays the role of the psychiatrist Eliza. Danie fucks with the reader’s head, never knowing if the world is based in Ecko’s mind or an actual alternate world. The book never plays from Ecko’s point of view alone. We’re introduced to people who may never meet Ecko, yet play large roles within the story. It weaves a number of threads together, only to pick them apart again as Ecko crosses paths with these people. So has Ecko been plugged into virtual world, or has he somehow really ended up a magical fantasy world? Right up to the end, it’s an answer that shifts from one to the other and back again.

An ambitious tale and brilliantly written, Ecko Rising ends by setting up the sequel; one that I am most definitely looking forward to.

Danie Ware is the publicist and event organiser for cult entertainment retailer Forbidden Planet. She has been immersed in the science-fiction and fantasy community for the past decade. An early adopter of blogging, social media and a familiar face at conventions, she appears on panels as an expert on genre marketing and retailing.

Danie Ware will be reading from and signing, Ecko Rising (Titan Books) at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore on Thursday 20th September from 6 – 7pm.

Ecko Rising by Danie Ware, available from 21st September, Titan Books, £7.99. You can pre-order your copy from Forbidden Planet.

Danie Ware signing Ecko Rising

Danie Ware will be reading from and signing her stunning debut novel, Ecko Rising (Titan Books) at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore on Thursday 20th September from 6 – 7pm.

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Ecko: Rising follows a savage, gleefully cynical anti-hero immersed in his own fantasy world. Ecko joins a misfit cast of characters and strives to conquer his deepest fears and save the world. Danie says, “Ecko: Rising is sardonic fantasy, a sharp new slant on the genre, scattered with a healthy dusting of sex, violence and sarcasm. I’ve read fantasy, on and off, since I was a teen – and you can’t put a new twist on something unless you fell in love with it to start with! I wanted to push back its boundaries, make it do something different, something smarter and darker – but also something that we’d understand and recognise.”

Danie Ware is the publicist and event organiser for cult entertainment retailer Forbidden Planet. She has been immersed in the science-fiction and fantasy community for the past decade. An early adopter of blogging, social media and a familiar face at conventions, she appears on panels as an expert on genre marketing and retailing.

You can find a full list of Forbidden Planet’s forthcoming events on their website http://forbiddenplanet.com/events/

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Destination Star Trek London

Set your minds to stunned! There’s a three day Star Trek event in London this October!

They’ve got a staggering amount of guests lined to to attend the weekend (subject to the usual “depending on work commitments”), including William Shatner, Patrick Stewart, Avery Brooks, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Bakula, Walter Koenig, Brent Spiner, Alice Krige, Arlene Martel, Brannon Braga, Casey Biggs, Chase Masterson, Connor Trinneer, Denise Crosby, Dominic Keating, Eddie Paskey, Gwyneth Walsh, Ira Steven Behr, Jeffrey Combs, JG-Hertzler, John de Lancie, Manu Intiraymi, Marc Alaimo, Martha Hackett, Nana Visitor, Rene Auberjonois, Robert O’Reilly, Robin Curtis and Ronald D Moore.

Standard Tickets

1 Day Standard £29.00

  • Event Access – Valid for 1 day only

2 Day Standard £39.00

  • (Sat/Sun) Event Access – Valid for 2 days only
  • Includes 1 pre-signed autograph*

3 Day Standard £49.00

  • 3 Day Event Access
  • 1 Pre-Signed Autograph*
  • 1 In-Person Autograph**
  • Limited Edition Print
  • Exclusive Goodie Bag

Ticket Packages

Silver Pass £225.00

  • 3 Day Event Access
  • 1 Ticket to Opening Ceremony/Captain’s Talk ^
  • 4 Randomly Assigned Captains Talks
  • 4 In-Person Autographs**
  • 1 Bridge Photo shoot
  • 1 Ticket to Stunt Show
  • Limited Edition Print
  • Exclusive Goodie Bag
  • Exclusive Silver Collectors Card

Gold Pass £299.00

  • 3 Day Event Access
  • 1 Ticket to Opening Ceremony/Captain’s Talk ^
  • 5 Individual Captain talk tickets ~
  • Priority Seating in the talks/presentations in main auditorium
  • 6 In-Person Autographs**
  • Priority Scheduled Queuing***
  • 1 Exclusive rare signed card
  • 1 Bridge Photo shoot
  • 1 Ticket to Stunt Show
  • Limited Edition Print
  • Exclusive Goodie Bag
  • Exclusive Gold Collectors Card
  • 1 Ticket to the Party

Platinum Pass £899.00

  • 3 Day Event Access
  • 1 Ticket to Opening Ceremony/Captain’s Talk ^
  • 5 Individual Captain talk tickets ~
  • Priority Seating in the talks/presentations in main auditorium
  • 5 In-Person Captain Autographs ~
  • 2 In-Person Autographs**
  • Priority Scheduled Queuing***
  • 1 Exclusive rare signed card
  • 1 Bridge Photo shoot
  • 1 Ticket to Stunt Show
  • Limited Edition Print
  • Exclusive Goodie Bag
  • Exclusive Platinum Collectors Card
  • 1 Ticket to the Party on Friday & Saturday Night

VIP Pass £2,999.00

  • 3 Day Event Access
  • 1 Ticket to Opening Ceremony/Captain’s Talk ^
  • 1 Exclusive VIP show jacket limited to only 20 worldwide.
  • One to one breakfast with a guest from the event on Saturday and Sunday mornings. (Guest to be allocated by DSTL. Different guest each day)
  • Individual photo shoot with each headline Captain in attendance. ~
  • In-Person Autograph for each headline Captain in
  • attendance ~
  • Individual talk ticket for each headline Captain in
  • attendance ~
  • Reserved front row seating in main auditorium for all talks or presentations.
  • 10 individual photo shoots of purchasers choice with guests attending the event. (Not headline captains).
  • 5 guest encounters with individual guests. (Not headline captains). Guest encounter is a small group chat with no more than 25 people to one guest lasting approx 30 mins.
  • 2 In-Person Autographs with other guests in attendance.** (Purchasers choice. Not headline captains)
  • Priority Queuing for all guests in attendance
  • 1 Exclusive rare signed card
  • 1 Bridge Photo shoot
  • 1 Ticket to Stunt Show
  • 1 Ticket to the main Friday and Saturday night Parties.
  • Limited Edition Print
  • Exclusive Goodie Bag
  • Exclusive VIP room stocked with refreshments and seating.
  • Access to VIP area at main Friday and Saturday night parties, with guests in attendance.
  • Dedicated VIP group liaison/assistant available throughout show hours to help enhance the DSTL experience.
  • An Exclusive poster limited to only 20 pieces signed by every guest in attendance at the show. (All signatures will be obtained subject to any issues beyond Destination Star Trek London’s control).

Destination Star Trek London beams down to ExCeL from 19-21 October with mores guests, themed parties, interactive activities, professional photo shoots, autograph sessions, original sets, props and displays, memorabilia, talks and stunt displays plus more to be announced. Plus Five captains beaming down – William Shatner, Patrick Stewart, Avery Brooks, Kate Mulgrew and Scott Bakula!

So whether you have been a fan since the very first season back in 1966 or a recent convert with the 2009 movie there will be something for every fan.

Come and experience an out of this world weekend this October at ExCeL London.

Book now, make it so! | For more information visit www.startreklondon.com

Now if anyone has six grand spare and would like to have for our VIP passes, please, pretty please, get in touch!

1 Live, One Dies teaser trailer

1 Live, One Dies is a story about releasing the ego upon making the physical death transition. Misfortune grips hold of an ambiguous relationship between Crafton and Tirique, over a misunderstanding. That’s what happens when people don’t communicate with one another, and instead, allows their trust and abandonment issues to get in the way of them both enjoying the great life intended.

The story behind the film: an inspiring Artist-Photographer by the name of Tirique, and Crafton a medium Tarot Card reader, both committed suicide at the same time, and are now in an “Otherworldly After-Life between moving on through to the next dimensional level and Earth. Before moving through the light into the next dimensional level, Tirique decides to return to his most recent Earthly incarnation to correct what he perceives as wrongs done to him by Crafton.

Not really succeeding in his attempt, and repeating the exact same actions over again, he commits suicide again, is now dead to the physical world once more, but doesn’t know it. Wandering around in a field he meets OGE, a powerful nemesis.

OGE knows that Tirique has returned forward in the “Otherworldly After-Life again, looking for Crafton, and will do everything in his power to entice Tirique with temptations, and convince him that all’s the same. OGE, is Tirique’s ego, and the ego is the last that he must surrender before he can make his transition.

It’s not long before Tirique conquers OGE, and then go in search of Crafton, which he doesn’t recognize once he sees him again. Crafton must help Tirique understand that he went back to his last incarnation to make wrongs, right. Tirique will have some difficulty believing this.

Metaphysics behind the film:
On a mundane Earthly level, Tirique abandons and separate himself from Crafton because he betrayed him.

On a spiritual level, Crafton is an archetype that represents the Inner Being/Spirit that Tirique distance himself from, only to fall prey to the demands of his ego.

The film will be going into production shortly, and if any one is interested in being part of the production you can contact filmmaker Terry Ti via the production’s website.

You can listen to an podcast interview with filmmaker Terry Ti discussing his project with Candy O’Donnell.

For more information visit the 1 Live, One Dies website detailing more about the film, and filmmaker’s bio: http://www.1liveonedies.com

John and Carole Barrowman signing Torchwood: Exodus Code

Forbidden Planet are delighted to announce a signing by John and Carole E Barrowman for Torchwood: Exodus Code (BBC Books) at our London Megastore on Thursday September 20th, from 6 – 7pm.

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It starts with a series of unexplained events. Earth tremors across the globe. Women being driven insane by their heightened and scrambled senses. And the world is starting to notice – the Twitter trend is #realfemmefatales. Governments and scientists are bewildered and silent. The world needs Torchwood, but there’s not much of Torchwood left.

Captain Jack has tracked the problem to its source: a village in Peru, where he’s uncovered evidence of alien involvement. In Cardiff, Gwen Cooper has discovered something alien and somehow connected to Jack. If the world is to be restored, she has to warn him – but she’s quickly becoming a victim of the madness too…

John became Captain Jack Harkness in Doctor Who in May 2005 and appeared in eleven episodes of the hit show, before taking the lead role in Torchwood. He’s had starring roles on stage and television, including his popular BBC entertainment show Tonight’s The Night.

Carole is Professor of English and Director of Creative Studies in Writing at Alverno College in Milwaukee. She writes a monthly crime fiction column and regular reviews and features for newspapers. She contributed a chapter to the Hugo award-winning non-fiction anthology Chicks Dig Time Lords.

Please note: pre-orders on this title may be limited. At the event itself, John and Carole will only be signing copies of their books. Thank you.

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